A women's only triathlon event based in Chester has been declared British Triathlon Event of the Year.
Deva Divas Triathlon scooped the accolade at an awards dinner in Leeds where they beat off stiff competition.
Organiser Sally Napthen of Chester Triathlon Club rubbed shoulders with Olympic triathlon stars Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee and Vicky Holland as the race, held in July, picked up its third award for the year.
Napthen said: “We were already delighted to have been voted best North West Regional Race of the Year and Triathlon England Club Event of the Year and now getting BT Event of the Year tops it all.”
The popular event, which comprises a 750m swim in the River Dee, 25k bike and 5k run, won the coveted BT Event of the Year in 2009 and the NW Regional trophy in 2014. This is the first time a triathlon event has ever won an award twice.
Napthen added: “We have always tried to go the extra mile to make our race especially welcoming for ladies who are trying the sport for the first time.
“To this end we put on bike workshops and training days and try to be as supportive as we can on race day.
“Significantly, many of our women have gone on to compete regularly in the sport both at home and abroad, many as members of Chester Triathlon Club. Getting these awards is a lovely confirmation that our efforts get results and are appreciated.”
Next year’s Deva Divas Triathlon will be held on Sunday, July 16.